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NY Times does the ‘invasion of Europe’ boat people story

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 21, 2014

For our regular readers there is not much new here except that we get some details about one particular smuggling route out of Egypt and it makes me wonder why the hell all of the European powers and American pressure on Egypt too, couldn’t get the Egyptian government to stop this lucrative smuggling route.

Instead of really clamping down on Egypt, one policy consideration for the Europeans is to increase LEGAL immigration as a way of stopping the smuggling business.  Sheesh!

The ‘stars’ of this New York Times article are Palestinian brothers who survived a boat wreck and are now in Malta hankering to move on to a first world country.  Emphasis is mine:

Today, the business of smuggling refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean into Europe has become a hugely profitable, if deadly, enterprise, with more than 3,000 people believed to have died so far this year. One United Nations official estimated that in 2014 smugglers on those routes would gross more than $1 billion, with sophisticated operations that sometimes overlap with criminal gangs who traffic in arms and drugs.

For Europe, the enormous influx of migrants and refugees has stirred both sympathy and resentment, while presenting a policy conundrum — the humanitarian imperative of rescuing the desperate at sea versus the economic and political burden of absorbing them.

With illegal migration very likely to keep growing, one question is whether to expand legal migration.

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By some estimates, as many as one million migrants are hiding on the North African coast, from Libya to Egypt, during the peak summer months, waiting for boats. In Egypt, smuggling in Alexandria and nearby ports has risen sharply since the Syrian exodus began in 2013, when five to seven boats left every week. Now five to seven boats leave every day.

The Palestinian survivors, looking for sympathy, want your help to get into some sweet country:

Today, the three survivors are living in a migrant center and trapped in bureaucratic limbo in Malta. They want to reach a country that will provide them asylum, perhaps Sweden or Canada or Australia. But on Wednesday, they must submit fingerprints and be processed in Malta.

“We need support,” said Mamoun Doghmosh. “We need help.”

Read it all.  Note that there are many places along this smuggling pipeline where the migrant flow could be stopped.

Please don’t anyone tell them that the US State Department is packing up illegal aliens in Malta and bringing them to America.  We will be taking another 500 this fiscal year!

See our ‘invasion of Europe’ archive here.

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UNHCR: Europe has to take more Syrian refugees; rich Arab countries not criticized

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 16, 2014

Speaking in the United Arab Emirates (of all places), Socialist UN High Commissioner for Refugees admonishes European nations (again)—allow more Syrian refugees into your countries!

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres never demands that rich Arab countries take in their fellow Muslim refugees!

From the Associated Press:

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday urged countries, particularly in Europe, to review their laws to allow entry to more Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war.

Antonio Guterres said on the sidelines of a conference in the United Arab Emirates that a refugee crisis across the Middle East is a global security threat. He urged more legal avenues for Syrian refugees to resettle in Europe, and avoid risking their lives with smugglers.

“This is not only the worst humanitarian crisis in the last decades, it is also the biggest threat to regional peace and security,” he said. “It’s a global threat.”

Blah, Blah, Blah…

Then near the end.  Remember that some wealthy Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, TAKE NO REFUGEES:

The conference was hosted by Sharjah ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi and his wife Sheikha Jawaher.

The United Arab Emirates, along with the five other energy-rich nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council, have been criticized by rights groups for not opening their borders to refugees from the myriad of conflicts across the region.

Guterres said he is calling on all countries, everywhere, to do more.   [Maybe, but it is Europe, the US, Canada and Australia he chastises on a regular basis!---ed]

Is Guterres too chicken or is his goal to help spread the Muslim population worldwide?

End note:  RRW will be taking a break beginning today after we post a few more stories.  Be back on October 20th and will be able to post your comments then.

Posted in Community destabilization, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad, The Opposition, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Romanians living in London subway demand homes

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 16, 2014

It is not just Muslim migrants over-running Europe and expecting services, here is a story from London about Romanians living in the subway system.  They say they will move if given homes.

 

Romanians camp in subway at Park Lane. Notice the nervous-looking Mom and daughter slipping by them.

 

From the Daily Mail which always seems to find the most interesting news! (hat tip:  ‘pungentpeppers’):

A gang of Romanian beggars sleeping rough on one of London’s most exclusive streets today demanded: ‘We’re EU citizens, give us houses’.

The 40-strong group sleeping in a subway under Park Lane have been accused of turning it into a ‘slum’ having lived in various camps near Marble Arch for 18 months.

Local businesses believe they have driven away customers because of the mess and members of the group urinating in the street and fighting with rivals.

Today the group said they are willing to pack up their cardboard boxes if Westminster Council found them homes.

Read it all.  Besides being a nuisance and responsible for an up-tick in petty crime, local businesses say their ‘camps’ are bad for business—check out the photos!

How much time before we see encampments like these in American subways and parks?

End note:  RRW will be taking a break beginning today after we post a few more stories.  Be back on October 20th and will be able to post your comments then.

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Swedes seek out alternative media to read about one thing: immigration!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 16, 2014

Here is more proof for my case that Sweden will be the first socialist ‘heaven’ to fall under the weight of needy migrant hordes—mostly Muslim migrants!

I’ve noticed here, even at tiny RRW, that we get more visitors reading about Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands or the UK than we often do about some juicy American news.  A blogger friend once told me that the reason for that is that the European press hardly touches the verboten topic.

From Dispatch International (hat tip: FatherJon):

Jimmy Åkesson leader of the Sweden Democrats needs police protection because he dares to speak about Swedish immigration policy. Photo: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/09/guardian-view-on-swedish-elections

The Englishman Iain Channing returns to Sweden, the country he lived in during the 1980s. What has happened to the safe and well ordered country that was so admired throughout the world? Do people really appreciate the politicians’ radical experiment in social engineering? And what about Malmö – Sweden’s preeminent test tube?

To understand how things have reached this pass—when an ordinary working class guy resorts to a self-censorship gesture used in communist countries—you only need to read the Swedish press. Mass immigration is not quite a taboo, but all criticism of it is censored, distorted or demonized. An almost daily barrage of hate and slander is directed at the Sweden Democrats (SD), the anti-immigration party that is now shaking up Sweden’s cosy coalition-based politics. “SD are trying to delude the working class.” “SD are still racists!” “How far to the right will [SD leader] Jimmy Åkesson go?”

Every single newspaper story I read about SD in a month in Sweden—and there were a lot, because its rise (to 10 percent in the polls) has become a real headache for the establishment—was negative and often littered with childish, abusive epithets originating in World War II. In such an environment, the party does not list an address on its website, and its three top leaders require police protection.

Channing goes on to discuss how Swedes are finding alternative media for their news on the issue that they are most concerned about…

It is all about immigration, immigration, immigration!

….the issue of immigration will not go away. On the contrary, the unmentionable topic has become a national obsession. According to columnist Hakelius, “[people who send me letters now] are interested in one thing: immigration. The discussion can begin wherever it likes, but it always ends with immigration. Immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration.”

Read it all, and then check out our extensive archive on Sweden.  One of our top posts of all time is this one (photo link seems to be gone now).

See also our ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.

End note:  RRW will be taking a break beginning today after we post a few more stories.  Be back on October 20th and will be able to post your comments then.

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Rural Dutch province under siege with influx of asylum seekers; single African men a big problem

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 15, 2014

This is one more in our ‘invasion of Europe’ series….

Yesterday we told you about the English town of Middlesbrough and how residents there are struggling to cope with the flood of asylum seekers (Africans and Middle Easterners) in need of homes and services, today it is a rural region of the Netherlands feeling the strain.

 

Drenthe is a province in Holland known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation. http://www.nederlandfietsland.nl/en/cycling-province-of/drenthe

 

From Dutch News (hat tip: Diana).  They were filling up a vacation park.

Fewer asylum seekers will be placed in a holiday park in rural Drenthe than the 1,400 originally planned, officials have decided, after locals complained of being overwhelmed by so many people.

The Pipodorp park is currently home to 400 asylum seekers and the problems are being caused by a group of around 100 single men, many from Eritrea, Nos television said.  [The men all probably got into Europe as 'boat people' who then just made their way north.  They are supposed to stay in the first country they reach in Europe, but they don't care about EU rules!---ed]

Locals have complained that minibuses they use to get around are now full of refugees and shop-keepers have spoken of 40 at a time turning up in the village shop. Oranje itself has a population of around 120.

Local mayor Jan Broertjes has now agreed with the national refugee placement agency COA that only families from Syria will be placed in the park. The men will be relocated later on Wednesday.

Wifi

The Oranje park will now be given security guards and wifi, so that residents no longer have to go into the village to use the internet.

There has been a surge in refugee numbers, particularly from Syria, in recent months. In the first six months of the year, some 12,300 people requested asylum in the Netherlands, double the 2013 figure.

Earlier, school chiefs said they were struggling to cope with the number of refugee children.

We bring you these stories from Europe (about the invasion) for a couple of reasons:  We have many European readers who follow us every day and because Americans need to know how bad it could get.

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UK: Asylum seekers put enormous strain on British town

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 14, 2014

Invasion of Europe series continued….

From the Express (hat tip: pungentpeppers).  Emphasis is mine:

We hear a lot about London’s migrant problems, but Middlesbrough is 240 miles north of London

New figures revealed Middlesbrough has topped England’s asylum seeker league with the town becoming the first in the country to breach Government accommodation guidelines.

The amount of cheap housing in the Teesside town means it has become a magnet for penniless arrivals seeking sanctuary in the UK.

The Government insists no local authority area should need to house more than one asylum seeker per 200 of population.  [Interesting, I don't think we have anything comparable---a ratio for a community of how many refugees/asylum seekers per Americans could be accommodated in the community---ed]

But a Middlesbrough Council report has revealed almost 1,000 asylum seekers are currently being housed in the town, which has a population estimated at 138,400 – putting it almost one-and-a-half times the Government limit.

Asylum seekers are generally housed at taxpayers’ expense homes while the Home Office decides whether to grant them asylum.

The process can take up to a year and a total of 982 asylum seekers are currently housed in paid-for accommodation in Middlesbrough.

In the report to be discussed by the Labour-run authority next week, Richard Horniman, economic development manager at Middlesbrough Council says the town has seen a rise in the number of asylum seekers through Government-funded regional contracts.

He said it was down to “lower value housing” offered in parts of the borough – which make it cheaper to house people.

The report highlights Gresham and Stockton districts as receiving the largest influx.

Yesterday locals told of the dramatic strain this has put on local services.

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But Justice First, a Stockton-based charity that supports refugees and asylum seekers and helps them to build new lives in the UK, said current conditions for asylum seekers were tough… [Is Justice First a government contractor?---ed]

Please read on here and see what the British citizens are saying about housing, schools, healthcare for them when competing with the asylum seekers.  They feel they have lost their town.

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German politician: Let German families take refugees into their homes

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 11, 2014

Here is the story at Reuters.  What do you think?

Martin Patzelt with Angela Merkel: Even the UN likes the plan

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Citizens in Germany, one of the most sought-after destinations for refugees, should be allowed to host asylum seekers in their homes to ease the pressure on the government to provide adequate housing for them, a politician said on Friday.

Martin Patzelt, a lawmaker and member of the Christian Democratic Union, said households should be permitted to provide free lodging to refugees, leaving only the cost of living and healthcare to the government.

He said the measure would save Germany a considerable amount of money housing refugees, and provide an alternative to crowded temporary shelters, hotels and unused gyms.

Germany, the European Union’s biggest economy, is one of the world’s top destinations for people fleeing oppression and war.

It had 65,700 new asylum claims in the first half of the year, the largest number among industrialized nations, mainly due to a rise in applications by Syrians, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Here is my view:

I think they should do it.  I think if the responsibility of the whole refugee program were placed back in the hands of  those willing to put their own money (and comfort) on the line, we would all find out very quickly what the capacity is for a community or country to “welcome” refugees.   In fact, if I were in charge I would require the whole US resettlement program to be run with private charity, with private sponsors (as it was prior to Ted and Joe and Jimmy creating the program we have today in 1980 which has only one incentive—bring in more!).

Of course Patzelt is talking about citizens taking in refugees in addition to the German government housing others.  I don’t follow the economic news much, but wasn’t some of the volatility in the US stock market this week a result of some shaky German economic news—could the massive welfare Germany is providing migrants be pulling the country down?

In my plan, the number of sponsors would dictate the capacity for caring for the country—Germany or ours.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Europe, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

What is trending in Syrian refugee news today?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 10, 2014

Our Syrian refugee alerts are overflowing as usual, so I thought perhaps I should occasionally report the hottest issues. Here are a few stories today:

President Jose Mujica greeted the refugees in person after their two-day journey. The Uruguayan resettlement plan is unprecedented in Latin America. http://omnifeed.com/article/www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29561681

First, the possible fall of Kobani to ISIS is sending the biggest tidal wave of refugees toward Turkey (which will surely further destabilize that country).

From Syria Deeply entitled:  ‘180,000 Refugees from Kobani Mark the Biggest Displacement in the Biggest Refugee Crisis, Ever’

Since the ISIS advance on Kobani, the Turkish government and aid agencies have been struggling to respond to the influx of more than 180,000 Syrian refugees into southern Turkey

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani was “about to fall to ISIS.” Since the advance on Kobani, the Turkish government and aid agencies have been struggling to respond to the influx of more than 180,000 Syrian refugees into southern Turkey. The sudden, massive flow of refugees fleeing ISIS is the largest displacement in the Syrian conflict.

Humanitarian groups project that there will be 3.59 million Syrian refugees by December 2014, with annual budget requirements of US$3.74 billion (56% of which remains unfunded). For UNHCR, the Syria operation is now the largest in its 64-year history.

 Just a reminder for new readers, the US State Department says we are going to take thousands of refugees from Turkey, here.

The UNHCR wants foreign aid for Greece so it can cope with Syrian and Somali migrants arriving by the thousands

From All Africa:

UNHCR officials in Greece called for the European Union countries to support Greece as many refugees are in that country.

Joorjoos Tasabobulos is UNHCR official in Greece. He said the number of fleeing refugees coming to the Greek islands of Agenee K/bari, Agen and Dodeshense is on the increase. He said in the first eight months of this year, 22,089 refugees of which 65% are Syrians have arrived there whereas other refugees included Somalis, Eritreans and Afghans.

Elsewhere refugees numbering 140,000 from Somalia, Eritrea, Syria and Sudan arrived in Italy but Italy lacks resources to manage them.

See our series on the ‘invasion of Europe’ by clicking here.

Uruguay takes Syrian refugees.

You would think this was the most important item in the Syrian refugee news today based on the number of stories the news has generated.

From the BBC:

A small number of Syrian refugees have arrived in Uruguay from Lebanon.

Forty-two refugees, belonging to five families, were greeted on arrival by the Uruguayan President, Jose Mujica.

They will spend two months in accommodation near the capital Montevideo where they will learn Spanish and attend classes on local customs.***

Other Latin American countries have taken Syrians in but Uruguay is the first to assume all resettlement costs.

Officials say the two-year resettlement programme will cost Uruguay around $3m (£1.9m).

They say the adults have already been guaranteed jobs and the children have places in local school. A second group is due to arrive next year.

*** Note this huge difference in how these refugees will be assimilated—in a center for a few months to learn the language and customs!  In the US they are just deposited in cities and urged to be on their own, to be “self-sufficient” in three months.

Click here for all Syrian refugee posts archived at RRW.

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Somalis in Norway: demanding and reluctant to work

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

We just told you about Denmark a few minutes ago, now here is more news from Scandinavia….

From The Foreigner:

A growing number of Somali immigrants are feeling humiliated by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), a new report shows.

Independent research foundation Fafo’s study (in Norwegian) NAV’s treatment of this group has a negative effect on their trust in institutions and experience of inclusive Norwegian citizenship.

NAV employees have explained that the major problem of getting Somalis into the job market is their lack of education and language skills.

According to some NAV workers, Somali immigrants are particularly demanding and reluctant compared to other groups.

“Many Somalis are lacking very basic training in the form of language, for example. Therefore, they feel that NAVs more work-oriented initiatives are worthless,” Fafo researcher John Horgen Friberg told NRK.

Holy cow!  Norway has taken in 33,000 Somalis!

State collapse and civil war has led to that many Somalis lack basic education. It has also worked to diminish their trust in governmental institutions.

This collapse of the Somali state in 1991 led an influx of Somali immigrants to Norway. Some 33,000 emigrated to the Scandinavian country between 1990 to 2013.

Of course it is all the fault of the government agency!  You might want to revisit a post we wrote in December 2013 about a report George Soros Open Society produced on Somalis not adjusting in Norway (all the government’s fault too).

See our whole ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.

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Denmark limits family reunification for asylum seekers; fears domino effect in Scandinavia

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

As invasion of Europe continues, some countries get it (but is it already too late?)

Update October 11:  See Does Dhimmitude in Denmark Describe Our Destiny?

Remember readers that in certain European countries, Syrian (and presumably others recognized for asylum status) are sometimes limited in how long they stay.  It is expected that when the conflict ends they will go home!

In the US, successful asylum seekers stay for life as do refugees resettled at the UN’s request.  We do have a Temporary Protected Status program for certain people who are supposed to only stay until their country is stable, but as you know they never leave (and are just waiting for the Obama amnesty to make them completely legal).

Denmark has additional problems as a number of their Muslim youths are fighting with ISIS. http://www.biennews.com/denmark-has-more-fighters-in-syria-than-the-u-s/

Here is some news from Denmark.  I was especially interested in an earlier story about how Denmark fears the huge migrant influx that could come from Sweden in the not-so-distant future!

From The Local:

Hoping to stem the tide of refugees from Syria, the government will now only allow for family reunifications if refugees’ initial one-year resident permit is renewed.

As a follow-up to its decision to introduce a new temporary residence permit for asylum seekers, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that refugees fleeing civil wars like the one in Syria will only be able to bring their family members into the country if their original one-year resident permit is extended under the new rules. As a follow-up to its decision to introduce a new temporary residence permit for asylum seekers, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that refugees fleeing civil wars like the one in Syria will only be able to bring their family members into the country if their original one-year resident permit is extended under the new rules.

“There are major consequences and costs associated with moving an entire family to Denmark. Therefore, that should only happen if there is the prospect of remaining in Denmark for a certain duration. But if the conflict [in a refugee’s home country, ed.] drags on and the stay is extended, then it is reasonable to bring one’s spouse and children to Denmark,” the justice minister, Karen Hækkerup, said in a press release.

Hækkerup announced the new one-year residence permits in September as a way for Denmark to deal with the record influx of asylum seekers.

Denmark worried about what deal with Sweden could do to Denmark!

From The Local in mid-September:

As Sweden prepares to go to the polls on Sunday, that country’s immigration and asylum policies are creating debate in Denmark.

With Sweden taking in a record number of asylum seekers – 340,000 are expected over the next four years – Danish politicians are warning of the negative impact the influx could have on Denmark.

“The many Syrians who are coming to Sweden as refugees will become Swedish citizens in a matter of a few years. And with the agreements we have among the Nordic nations, there is nothing to stop them from then immediately moving to Denmark – without a Danish residence permit – and receiving welfare benefits from day one. It is a big danger,” Søren Espersen of the Danish People’s Party told Berlingske.

Espersen called on the Danish government to express “Danish concerns about the completely excessive immigration underway in Sweden” to their Swedish colleagues.

These deals, especially the EU deals that strip countries of their sovereignty, are going to be the death of them all.

See our whole ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.

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